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Gujarat places before India ‘Samras Gram Panchayat’ as a finer and more successful model of democracy

Concept of governance through consensus at grassroots level to change face of such villages in 5 years – Narendra Modi

Ahmedabad, Saturday: Chief Minister Narendra Modi distributed incentive prizes worth Rs.4.40-crore to 216 ‘samras gram panchayats’ of north Gujarat region and honoured the sarpanchs of those villages at a function at Kadi today. He has so far distributed prizes totaling Rs.55.62-crore to 2,123 such samras villages in the entire state.

Speaking at the function, he said that Gujarat now intends to place before India the ‘Samras Gram Panchayat’ concept of ‘governance through consensus’ instead of conflict as a finer and more successful model of democracy at the grassroots level.

When the entire village reposes confidence on the unanimously elected panchayat, he said that elected body has been found to be functioning with greater zeal. He congratulated the people opting for such a novel method of self-governance. He exuded confidence this successful model would change the face of such villages in five years. One has to just visualize how it would look like with no place for bickering in villages.

Referring to the opposition parties’ criticizing the ‘samras gram’ concept as ‘murder of democracy’, Mr. Modi said that when India elects its President unanimously it is dubbed as the victory of democracy but when a village elects its entire panchayat unanimously in Gujarat the opposition finds it murder.

Interestingly, he said, it doesn’t cost any extra money but just change in the leadership style. Moreover, he said, the responsibility has been bestowed on all-women samras gram panchayats in several villages. Women can take better care of general hygiene, clean toilets, school children’s education, nourishment, tree plantation and improved environment. They manage funds also better. Sakhi Mandals in several villages have also shown the way as to how to get rid of debts. Transparency would come naturally.

The Chief Minister regretted that although the Gujarat Government has passed a proposal for 50 per cent reservation for women in panchayats and local self-government bodies, but is waiting for the Governor’s assent for uncertain period.

Panchayat Minister Narottam Patel said that Gujarat is one state which has accorded priority to village development, long neglected during the Congress rule.

Mehsana Guardian and Revenue Minister Anandiben Patel said that Gujarat has adopted a model of all round development, down to the taluka and village level. The taluka level ‘Jan Seva Kendras’ have received 18 lakh applications during the last one year and has disposed off 17 lakh of them. The government has placed Rs.25 lakh funds with Prant Officer for small and sundry works.

Others who spoke on the occasion included Ministers Nitin Patel, Nitin Patel, Ramanlal Vora, Parbat Pal, MPs Natuji Thakor, Jayashriben Patel, Gujarat Agro Industries Corporation (GAIC) Managing Director Mr. Singh.

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21st India – Russia Annual Summit
December 07, 2021
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President of the Russian Federation, H.E. Mr. Vladimir Putin, paid a working visit to New Delhi on 06 December 2021 for the 21st India – Russia Annual summit with Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi.

2. President Putin was accompanied by a high level delegation. Bilateral talks between Prime Minister Modi and President Putin were held in a warm and friendly atmosphere. The two leaders expressed satisfaction at the sustained progress in the ‘Special and Privileged Strategic Partnership’ between both countries despite the challenges posed by the Covid pandemic. They welcomed the holding of the first meeting of the 2+2 Dialogue of Foreign and Defence Ministers and the meeting of the Inter-Governmental Commission on Military & Military-Technical Cooperation in New Delhi on 6 December 2021.

3. The leaders underscored the need for greater economic cooperation and in this context, emphasized on new drivers of growth for long term predictable and sustained economic cooperation. They appreciated the success story of mutual investments and looked forward to greater investments in each others’ countries. The role of connectivity through the International North-South Transport Corridor (INSTC) and the proposed Chennai - Vladivostok Eastern Maritime Corridor figured in the discussions. The two leaders looked forward to greater inter-regional cooperation between various regions of Russia, in particular with the Russian Far-East, with the States of India. They appreciated the ongoing bilateral cooperation in the fight against the Covid pandemic, including humanitarian assistance extended by both countries to each other in critical times of need.

4. The leaders discussed regional and global developments, including the post-pandemic global economic recovery, and the situation in Afghanistan. They agreed that both countries share common perspectives and concerns on Afghanistan and appreciated the bilateral roadmap charted out at the NSA level for consultation and cooperation on Afghanistan. They noted that both sides shared common positions on many international issues and agreed to further strengthen cooperation at multilateral fora, including at the UN Security Council. President Putin congratulated Prime Minister Modi for India’s ongoing non-permanent membership of the UN Security Council and successful Presidency of BRICS in 2021. Prime Minister Modi congratulated Russia for its ongoing chairmanship of the Arctic Council.

5. The Joint Statement titled India-Russia: Partnership for Peace, Progress and Prosperity aptly covers the state and prospects of bilateral ties. Coinciding with the visit, several Government-to-Government Agreements and MoUs, as well as those between commercial and other organizations of both countries, were signed in different sectors such as trade, energy, science & technology, intellectual property, outer space, geological exploration, cultural exchange, education, etc. This is a reflection of the multifaceted nature of our bilateral partnership.

6. President Putin extended an invitation to Prime Minister Modi to visit Russia for the 22nd India-Russia Annual Summit in 2022.